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RIP OSJ 1957-2021


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2 hours ago, Ryan said:

I hope his wife is doing alright, considering everything.

I have been in contact with Kathy.  She sounds physically okay but I can tell it hasn't really sunk in yet.   She has my cell phone number and I have told her to call me whenever she needs to.

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Man, this has hit harder than I thought. I don't tend to post here a lot (relative to some other places I post), but have lurked here for many years. What it has meant is that, outside of some names here and there, I don't really 'know' people or interact with anyone in any meaningful way.

However, OSJ was a guy who did, in several threads, go out of his way to respond to posts I made, help me out with recommendations, and even gave me some tips when it came to writing/publishing/etc. A genuinely lovely guy, it would seem.

RIP

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Despite liking this board in general, outside of a few very specific threads I don't post much. That being said, I loved reading OSJ's posts, he always came across as a very knowledgeable guy and knew how to put his thoughts into words. Even without having an established connection it seemed as if he was just really likeable. Sorry for the loss to everyone who was close to him and condolences and best wishes to his widow. 

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When my wife and I lost our first baby at 19 weeks a couple years ago, Jon sent me a really heartfelt message about not letting life kick my ass. I didn't know it at the time, but his words were measured, wise, and well-timed. I'm just now seeing this, but I hope is at peace.

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Re: David J. Schow

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As part of the KillerCon 2021 post-mortem, BRIAN KEENE had an announcement. I'm proud, yes, but also leery as I am one of the few inductees with an actual working heartbeat.

May be an image of ‎text that says '‎We also announced the formation of the Splatterpunk Awards Hall of Fame aphysical, traveling memorial and showcase honoring those who have left their mark on the fields Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. will consist of each J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award winner, as well as others who have impacted the genre. The initial inductees will be ۔vi Schow, David G Barnett, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Charlee Jacob, John Pelan, and J.F. Gonzalez. And with luck, you will be able visit theHa Fame and learn more about each of them at next year's KillerCon.‎'‎

I asked him (and I have great respect for this man) to give him our best. 

I found John's book in my house in a box since the move. He wrote "For Curt - *signature* Member in good standing of Los Ingobernables DVDVR! One day at a time - one nightmare at a time". 

If you take that Ingobernables title from me on this board ever, I will hunt you down. 

John, we love you. 

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h9t4zeG.jpegmissing our friend @OSJtoday. miss our wrestling/comic books/action figure talks. i hope your wife is doing well.

edit:

i read his short story, An Antique Vintage, and snapped this pic with two of my favorite Golden Age comic figures. the Wonder Man figure was done by a guy that also did a few of John's custom figures.

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As far as I know Mrs. OSJ is doing okay.  Kathy and I weren't as close as John and i were.  I occasionally send her an e-mail and she is good enough to respond, but we don't keep up with each other on the regular.

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I started posting on RSPW when I was 13. I'm 36. Two-thirds of my life is a long time to be under John's learning tree.
 

Right before I hopped off the board for two years I made sure to send him a message telling him he's an asshole for coming at me after my ban. Wish I hadn't. 

Shit.

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This is a sad one. When my marriage broke up in late 2018/early 2019 John sent me such a nice note and then checked in on me to see how I was doing. A good cat and I'm so sorry to hear he is gone.

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I don't have a lot to say, but it's been a year, today, and I did want to take a minute to remember John today. Big things and small. I wish that he could have suggested a book to me in the last year. I had a good friend self publish and he put so much time and effort into it and it's good and I wish John could have given him some advice on it. He would have. Selflessly. I wish that we could have heard about whatever ridiculously obscure figure he was commissioning or whatever first edition he was hunting down. There's some arcane author that none of us have ever heard of that, if given another year of life, John would have found a way to bring back into the spotlight and preserve and we're the lesser for that not happening. I kind of wonder how he'd take to AEW in the last year, if he'd find some things to love too or not. Or what he'd think of what MLB was doing with rules and everything else. I've been fortunate not to lose a ton of people in my life, certainly not a ton that I miss, but John? John I miss.

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I was really hoping I could show him my son and I's book.  I hope he would've enjoyed it.  This year, I wish I could show him the progress we've made on book 2. 

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John was one of the good ones on this Board. My respect for him was vast. I wish I could've had more interaction with him the way some others did, but every book or piece of media he ever recommended here was always worth its weight in gold.

James

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